Ein simhah elah bivasar…there is no joyous occasion without [eating] meat. Or that’s what’s been said by many a rabbi and by the carnivores among us. But, conscious of my vegetarian colleagues who are AWORIA (Absent Without Reliable Internet Access), Jonathan Safran Foer and I are pleased to bring you this “equal opportunity vegetarianism post.”
To be more accurate, this post is about an article in the Forward that informs us of a new video, written by Foer and featuring the participation of prominent rabbis, which decries certain slaughtering methods as inhumane:
The video, which features interviews with noted rabbis David Wolpe and Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, was written by Foer and produced under the auspices of the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or Peta. Both a 25-minute version of the film and an abbreviated version were posted Tuesday at the Peta-sponsored Web site http://humanekosher.com.
The video, titled “If this is Kosher…,” is likely to reignite the debate begun at the end of 2004, when PETA released a stomach-turning video clandestinely shot at AgriProcessors, the world’s largest glatt kosher slaughterhouse, in Postville, Iowa. The undercover video, which recorded seemingly conscious cows limping and stumbling across a blood-soaked slaughterhouse floor often more than a minute after their throats had been slit, sparked an investigation by the United States Department of Agriculture. Last month, the USDA released a report calling a number of the practices caught on the tape inhumane. By the time of the report’s release, the offending practices had been stopped.
Since I’m still slogan happy from my last post, might I recommend “wheat, not meat” as the new catchphrase? Of course that doesn’t work with the carb-addicted crowd, already uneasy in anticipation of losing bagels, challah, rice, corn, and pretty much everything else they like to eat for eight days as part of
God’s carb detox program Passover. Or maybe the ad campaign should strive for humor (“Don’t have a cow”) or practicality (“Avian flu. Mad cow. Worst you can get from vegetables is constipation.”)
But seriously folks…feel free to limp and stumble, seemingly unconsciously, over to Humane Kosher and view the video. The rest is a choice–so choose what makes sense to you. (Just save me a bagel.)